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Courtney Bowles: Fort Collins teacher busted naked with student getting national exposure

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Big pics below.
The most common reaction to student-sex-abuse reports about the likes of Travis Masse, Gary Wegner and other men featured in our collection of 2010 accused teachers and caretakers mug shots is revulsion. But when an attractive female teacher is similarly targeted, the response is far different. Which explains why the story of Mountain View High School's Courtney Bowles is going national.

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Courtney Bowles's mug shot.
Local media outfits have been covering the story since the Loveland Police Department issued a release on the incident, on view below -- and interest picked up as more information emerged. According to an affidavit quoted by sources such as 7News and the Fort Collins Coloradoan, police found Bowles in a car on top of a male student who initially claimed to have been twenty-years old, although his school ID told a different story. They were both naked, with Bowles in the top position accompanied by a bottle of vodka -- although she insisted to cops that her teenage companion only had a sip.

That's the kind of info guaranteed to fire up audiences nationwide. No wonder Bowles's bust has been picked up by CBS News, the New York Daily News and websites such as BadBadTeacher.com, which managed to track down a more formal portrait of Bowles seen here.

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Another look at Courtney Bowles.
By the way, the first comment on the BadBadTeacher.com post reads: "Hell, I'd hit it. Too bad they don't show a body shot of her because she is SMOKIN' HOT!"

Those two lines succinctly spell out the double standard when it comes to male and female teachers accused of sex with students.

Bowles, by the way, has not been charged at this writing -- and she was released from jail yesterday on a $50,000 bond. However, a judge has forbidden her to have contact with anyone under age eighteen. She's due back in court next Monday, at a session you can bet will be well attended by members of the press.

Possibly including some out-of-towners.

Here's the original Loveland Police Department release:

TYPE OF INCIDENT: Sex Assault

LOCATION: 2800 N. Taft Ave (North Lake Park)

DATE: 01/21/2011

TIME: 10:41 p.m.

INVESTIGATING OFFICER: Det. Gerardo Cortina

SUPERVISOR: Sgt. Bob Rabson

DETAILS: On 01/21/2011 at 10:40 pm, a Loveland Police Officer contacted a vehicle at North Lake Park for being in the park after it closed. The vehicle was occupied by two people, a 31 year old female and a juvenile male.

The female was subsequently arrested for Sex Assault, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, and Sex Assault on a child in a position of trust -- all of which are class 4 felonies. The initial investigation suggests this was an isolated incident with no indication of any other victims.

The female was identified as Courtney Bowles, a 31 year old Fort Collins resident, who is an Instructional Coach for Mountain View High School.

Notification of the arrest has been made to the Thompson School District.

Bowles was transported to the Larimer County Detention Center on the charges. Loveland Police will meet with the Larimer County District Attorney's Office next week for the filing of formal charges.

*The criminal charges are only allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Alex Tinsley: Longmont teacher allegedly wanted to help student join Mile High Club."


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22 comments
circeherbivora
circeherbivora

The punishment for molesting a minor really ought to be the same for women as it is for men. Studies have shown that adolescent males are far more vulnerable than previously thought and can be manipulated- not JUST for sex. The boy probably thought he was in love with her, she may have even somehow convinced him that he was "special" and that they would find a way to be together.How incredibly selfish and cruel of her.No thought to her own family, her husband, or this man-child she was using for her own sexual gratification.Teachers are in a position of authority and responsibility when they BETRAY their duties and use their position to become sexually intimate with their students, they betray the entire profession.Throw the book at her.

Shaberman
Shaberman

Looks like she chased a fart through a keg of nails.

Willfargo
Willfargo

There is nothing wrong with sex. Why is it illegal in the USA? But a car in a park is the wrong place. They should have made love at the teacher's home. More cosy.

MVHS student
MVHS student

I go to MV. Its pretty funny how at school, the kid was high fiving all his friends. Its disgusting.

John
John

Why are Americans such hypocritical prudes when it comes to sex ?

NotSoHot
NotSoHot

Really? "Smokin' hot"? I think not ... moderately attractive MAYBE. Some people have low standards.

L. W.
L. W.

I too have had a working relationship with Mrs. Bowles. Although I do not know her well, my impression of her is that she is arrogant and narcissistic. Let us put this in perspective.A year and a half ago, this student she had sex with was in middle school!! Kids this age are not cognitively or emotionally fully developed, let alone having to deal all the chemical changes and imbalances that teens go through. Has anyone considered that this child could be classified as Special Needs? This child was victimized by a manipulative sexual predictor coming from a position of trust with children and parents.

This high school sophomore could face a lifetime of difficulty in trusting relationships and guilt due to this selfish criminal act.The victim now bares the psychological burden of knowing that his participation contributed to ruining a marriage, separating a mother from her young children, and destroying a trusted teacher's career. This is all due to the manipulating evil acts of Mrs. Bowles, and it is likely the student will blame himself at some point in his life as he matures. There is no minimizing a despicable act when an adult teacher has sex with their trusting student and this even may have been a child with special needs. The Thompson School District must impose closer supervision with their staff that are assigned to working alone with troubled students and students with special needs.

CannibalsCookpot
CannibalsCookpot

I just want to know where the hell these horny teachers are? Apparently they have never experianced a real man. These honey's need to contact me. Young, financially secure, fit, trim, well endowed, attractive, 55 yo, Kama Sutra sex machine.

Bitjock545
Bitjock545

Wonder what happens now? Let's see years of education and tens of thousands of dollars down the drain. Let me see if I have this right, she was caught in the act of consentual sex with a minor. How minor was he? Is he old enough to make rational decisions? Is she being crucified because she forced him in the car? Oh wait, he went on his own and had every opportunity to 'escape'. I think her husband should sue the parents for half of any loans she has outstanding due to the education she'll never be able to use again. Are we talking about a 10 year old or a male who's probably been told by his father more than once that he's a man. Does he have a job? Sounds like a responsible citizen to me. Hope her husband can gather enough of himself to file a civil suite against the parents of this 'minor'.

Sierra
Sierra

I knew Ms. Bowles several years ago, and I am absolutely gobsmacked by this whole thing. She was always an extremely level-headed, professional woman, on her way up and out. I was certain that the information posted was incorrect, but it appears, at least initially, that I was wrong. While the legal consequences will be severe and justified if an assault did take place, I cannot help but feel badly for the bright young woman I knew years ago who was, believe it or not, a very good teacher.

Flip
Flip

Her husband has a cause of action against the kid and his parents for alienation of affection. After all, they raised the little adulterer.

That's what she said when she was busted; "I thought he was an adult, er, er...

Eric
Eric

Not that hot.

Robert
Robert

Nitwit posters in response to the DP's article about this incident have already insisted on the sex-equality of traumatization, but one suspects that the most traumatizing aspect of this incident for the young man involved was being interrupted (and coming to realize the havoc wrought in Ms. Bowles' life by partying with her in a closed public park). The real trauma here is hers. Her offense is an affront to school discipline, but our hypocritical and irrational laws magnify it into multiple felonies. Absent any evidence of harm done to the poor child, discharge her from her present employment and prohibit her from working in state institutions for minors again -- this will save us a lot of money on all the multifarious costs of our monstrous criminal injustice system, from courts, to probation and parole officers, to prison guards, etc. Of course, we'll still need to figure out what young people in rural Colorado will do for employment, but we all need to aspire to something better than learning how to keep more and more people in cages.

WTF!?
WTF!?

Sex is not illegal in the USA, you tool. Molesting kids is illegal. Go back to your craphole leftist country and get high with your fellow hippies. Nobody cares about your opinion.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

MVHS student, all I can say about that is: Wow. Thanks for posting.

Jkaugust1
Jkaugust1

Sounds like you didn't care for her. Like her or not, she's a mom with two small kids, a wife and a formerly respected professional. It is a personal tragedy for all involved. I hope they can sort out this mess with compassion.

OldPeopleSuck
OldPeopleSuck

Ummm ... maybe you can't get any chicks because you're a total self-absorbed douche bag? Well endowed ... right. Every guy on the Internet is financially secure, fit, trim, well endowed, attractive, and a Kama Sutra sex machine. Get out of your Mom's basement, lame-o.

Oh and by the way ... 55 is friggin' old. That's another reason you can't get chicks, loser.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Sierra, very interesting post. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

Robert
Robert

"While the legal consequences will be severe and justified if an assault did take place ..." -- if a sixteen-year-old is by legal definition incapable of consent and by legal definition is a child, then Bowles committed a sexual assault on a child -- any implication with a false premise is true, however. Our laws (and all the many functionaries that execute and support them) are dysfunctional and unrealistic with regard to sexual offenses (among others).

circeherbivora
circeherbivora

And if this were a male teacher, his wife would be left to raise the children while her cradle robbing hubby went to jail. So, why the difference? Honestly? If she's making decisions that are THIS poor then she probably can't be trusted to make good decisions as a mother either. She certainly can't be put in a position of authority over any more children- she's proved that. We absolutely should have compassion for the other innocents involved, but this teacher needs to be punished for her misdeeds.

Face It
Face It

Wow...no sense of humor at all, eh? You're going to be "old" someday. In fact, some people are guaranteed to think you are old right now. That's just the way it works. Why don't you lighten up a little?

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